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Jakarta Post

We have no hidden agenda: US

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 24 2011   /  01:49 pm

The US Embassy in Jakarta expressed on Thursday its concern over many’ “misperceptions” of US intentions in Indonesia, emphasizing that the US has no hidden agenda whatsoever.

The misconceptions, according to US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, are among the greatest challenges the US is facing in Indonesia.

“In Indonesia, I think the biggest challenges we still face are misperceptions, weariness or even suspicion of the US; some of them going back to the 50s, some are linked to how we deal with Islam and these sorts of things. Whatever the facts are, the misperceptions are very clearly there,” Marciel said during a discussion with The Jakarta Post in its office in Jakarta.

He denied accusations that the US harbored “hidden agendas” in Indonesia, specifically raising the issue of conflict-ridden Papua, where US mining giant Freeport-McMoran has bee...